Still Life Observational Drawing

Still Life Observational Drawing

Learning to Draw the Basics Observational Drawing Contour Drawings Focus: Memory vs. Actuality Contour Lines Basic Shapes

Strong Compositions Value Shading with Lines What does drawing from observation mean? Observational drawing Drawing what you only see! (Not what you think it

should look like!) What is the purpose of observational drawing? To strengthen the amount of details and proportions you see (forces you to look closer), helps you practice the basic drawing techniques in order to get to mastery (sight measuring), helps you make what your drawing more life like or

realistic. value degrees of lightness and darkness -10 STEP SCALE

-Even blended transitions READING A VALUE PENCIL H-stands for hardness (light)

B-stands for blackness (dark) HB or #2 pencil is a middle grey SHADING-

using a value pencil to add depth and dimension What is a contour line? Contour Line Is NOT a line that just outlines the subject! Contour

lines define the exterior and the interior part of the subject matter. What is the purpose of contour drawings? A line drawing, drawn slowly with smooth, even, continuous lines. (NO BREAKS in the lines = NO implied line) Forces the artist to slow down and really observe what

they are looking at very carefully (Details Matter!) Two types of contour drawings Blind Contour Drawing Is a drawing exercise, where an artist draws the contour of a object without looking at the paper. (Eyes only on the

object!) Continuous Contour Drawing Is a drawing exercise, where the artist looks both at the object and the paper, moving the pencil over the paper, and creating a silhouette of the object as well and the interior and exterior of the object. (Dont pick up your pencil!)

BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING CONTINOUS CONTOUR DRAWING CONTOUR DRAWINGS

Practice Assessments: 1. Bind Contour of an object of your choice (No looking at the paper!) 2. Continuous Contour of your hand (Pencil to paper ALWAYS!) 3. Contour Drawing of your shoe (Lightly Sketch, then add contours!) LOOKING FOR BASIC SHAPES

STARTING YOUR DRAWING LIGHTLY sketch out OR mark the basic shapes of objects using a light pencil (ex: 4H). GAUGE PORPORTIONS

Work out the kinks now get the perspective, composition and proportions right https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otv_l_qkML4 There are many

different techniques and media you can use to create a still life What is a still life? Still lifeA still life is an arrangement of inanimate objects (usually objects that are not alive) - such as fruit,

pottery, and flowers. What is the purpose of drawing still lifes? The artist has a chance to arrange these objects (unlike a landscape) in order to work out the composition of their artwork. In addition, this is a great way to practice and develop observational drawing techniques.

STILL LIFE PAINTING CHARCOAL STILL LIFE VALUE STILL LIFE

TIPS BEFORE BEGINNING A STILL LIFE: 1. Choosing the right location: a light source is the key to a strong compositional drawing. Find a place that shows a range of values . Light is very important in a still life, this will give life and impact to your work. 2. View your arrangement through an empty slide frame to assess the composition and consider its placement

on the paper. This will help you make right compositional decisions and help to break down the objects so you wont become overwhelmed. 3. Consider compositional elements, avoiding bland central positioning and symmetry. Look for those interesting and unique view points. Make your drawing stand out and try something with a unique

4. After observing ,working out your shapes and proportions then start concentrating to break down what each single object looks like. SLOWLY with your eyes observe all outlines, raised, and recessed areas. Begin drawing the contours of each object as you observing. (Start at a SINGLE point and work you way around the objectshould

be one continuous line) 5. Then add VALUE. Make sure you achieve a full range of value. Beginners tend to draw too lightly and end up with a washed-out looking drawing. See a value scale if you need reference. Add value slowly - layering to build up deep tones. DO NOT define edges with a single line, define them with shifts in value by overlapping the lines to build

MAY USE ANY LINE tones/contrast. This will take some-YOU planning. MARK MAKING TECHIQUE WE PRACTICED IN CLASS TO CREATE YOUR VALUE

IN YOUR CONTOUR DRAWING. LIGHT SOURCES LEFT MUTIPLE

BEHIND ABOVE ELEMENTS OF Cast Shadow -where no light hits the object

(darkest value) Core Shadow -where SHADING the object begins to recede light (dark grey value) Half-tone -neither light nor dark (value

between the shadow edge and highlight) Reflected Light-the rim of light reflected from a surrounding surface back on the edge of the form

(slightly lighter than halftone but not as light as the highlight) CONTOUR DRAWING CONTOUR DRAWING

CONTOUR DRAWING EXAMPLES

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